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From “Black -Eyed Girls” to the MMU (<i>Mujeres Metodistas Unidas</i>): Race, religion and gender in the U.S. -Mexico borderlands


2009 2009

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This study places the stories of Mexican American Methodist women in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands within the context of the organizational history of the United Methodist Women of the Rio Grande Conference of the United Methodist Church: Mujeres Metodistas Unidas, or the MMU. It focuses on the experiences and memories of women who came into contact with the ideals imported by Anglo Methodist missionaries to the U.S. southwest immediately following the conquest of the northern half of Mexico in 1848.

In order to understand the experiences of Mexican American women in relation to the history of Methodism in the southwest, this study explores the most salient and relevant themes found in Methodist missionary activity beginning in 1869 and continuing through 2008. The origins of the Methodist missionary work with Mexican women lie in the Women's Foreign Mission Society founded in 1869 by a group of Anglo women in Boston, Mass.

By placing the missionary documents into conversation with Mexican women's voices, memories and experiences, this study shows the ways in which Mexican American women adapted to, resisted and reshaped Methodism to suit their educational, social and religious needs.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Religious history;
Womens studies;
Hispanic American studies
Classification
0320: Religious history
0453: Womens studies
0737: Hispanic American studies
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Agency; Borderlands; Chicanas; Methodist; Missionaries; Mujeres Metodistas Unidas; Protestantism; Religious poetics
Title
From “Black -Eyed Girls” to the MMU (<i>Mujeres Metodistas Unidas</i>): Race, religion and gender in the U.S. -Mexico borderlands
Author
Nieto, Adriana P.
Number of pages
142
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0061
Source
DAI-A 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109269376
Advisor
Leon, Luis D.
Committee member
Calafell, Bernadette; Hernandez, Albert
University/institution
University of Denver
Department
Religious and Theological Studies
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3366177
ProQuest document ID
304872394
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304872394
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